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Help is on The Way For Cattle Producers Impacted by Brutal Cold Weather And Covid-19 Says NCBA's Ethan Lane
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 08:18:22 CST
Cattle producers impacted by the brutal cold wave can expect some additional relief from the USDA said Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of government affairs.
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Lane commented on the severe winter weather’s impact on producers during the NCBA’s virtual winter conference this week.
We have been in contact with USDA and others on Capitol Hill as well as our state organizations as we have watched this weather devastate cattle producers, Lane said.
This has had a really major impact on how we do business, Lane said.
In our conversations with the new USDA administration they reiterated to us they were taking stock of what they were going to need to deliver aid to producers quickly and efficiently once we know who needs what, Lane said.
It’s going to be important producers take really good notes and save all documents, Lane said.
On a similar note, producers are wanting to know when will CFAP 3 money arrive. The Covid-19 relief funding bill was passed by Congress in late December.
That year end deal included an additional $1.4 billion for direct payments to cattle producers, Lane said.
The funds target that “bubble” of producers in the April 15 to May 15 timeframe which suffered losses due to Covid disruptions.
Lane said the USDA has to take guidance from Congress on how to spend that money.
They are going through that process and it will probably take 30 to 40 days, Lane said.
We are going to continue to keep pressure on them and keep you updated, he added.
There will be something in there for every class of cattle through that April 16 to May 15 timeframe based on inventory, Lane said.
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